Three Things   |   Co-Op   |   Currency   |   Ventures   |   Level Mutators   |   Ancients & Echoes   |   Heroes, Loadouts, Customizations   |   Play Styles   |   Enemies   |   Dungeon Maker   |   Community Events   |   Journal Challenges   |   Champion Trial   |   Mixer & Twitch   |   Discord & Social   |   Questions?


1. The Three Golden rules



The game is SUPPOSED to be hard. We are not liable for broken controllers. Sorry!



Raise echoes to summon ancients. Summon ancients to get armor, buffs, or invincibility. Do this, or you’re going to have a bad time.



Dig deep in the menus! You can fully gear out each hero to level 10, with two abilities and 3 pieces of loot. 


2. Co-Op


How to Join a Co-Op Game

There are two ways to join a co-op game:


  • Create a New Venture
  • Have Player 2 search for the name your Venture
  • Player 2 select Co-op to join the Venture
Slideshow of creating a venture steps? Image of where to create a venture?

#2 Join an existing venture

  • Join a Venture from the Venture Browser. Make sure the difficulty is a good fit for you and Player 2.
  • Have your Player 2 search for the Venture name. If you forgot it, you can view it from the Pause Menu.
  • Player 2 select Co-op to join the Venture
image of the venture browser or slideshow of joining a venture steps


Work together!

Experiment with ranged and melee co-op character combinations. For example, Symposer can draw in enemies with her Special attack, and Morta can fire a mortar right into the fray of enemies!

screenshot or gif of exciting co-op gameplay

3. Currency



Collect Prestige to unlock Upgraded Heroes and skins. Spend Prestige in Dungeon Maker to Create your own dungeons!

GIFS from the DC Hero Up folder???


Collect Power Drops to increase your max Special Meter for that Venture.


Enemy Tokens

Each Enemy has the chance to drop a unique Enemy Token. You can use these Tokens to unlock and level up your equipped skills.


Grand Tokens

Grand Tokens are used to enter the Champion Trial (Challenge Mode)


Champion Tokens

Champion Tokens are used to unlock Song Strike, a special rewarded to the  survivors of the Champion Trial.


4. Ventures


Why should I create my own Ventures?

Ventures are cross-platform and critical to the game loop of Next Up Hero. By creating your own, you’re crafting a one-of-a-kind limited experience for current players to hop into. Not to mention, if you create a popular venture, that means more Loot delivered to your inbox!

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How do I create my own Venture?

  1. Select New Venture
  2. Pick your difficulty, biome, length, and name
  3. Select Play! Remember, you’ll always be the first to take a shot at your created Ventures. Make the first run a good one!
image of venture creator menu


Where are my Favorite and Created Ventures?

All of your Created and Favorite Ventures are located in the My Ventures Island. Make sure to Favorite a Venture on the end-screen if you’d like to come back to it later!

My Ventures island

5. Level Mutators


Beware! Every floor is at the mercy of the RNG-Gods. While some apply visual effects, like turning all of the lights out, turn the game upside down by making all Prestige turn into damaging bombs!

Remember, these change every floor. Pay attention at the beginning of each floor to familiarize yourself with the rules!

For example, on Don’t Be Greedy, Prestige dropped on the ground WILL DAMAGE YOU! And it will likely kill you the first time. You’ll be reminded you’re on Don’t Be Greedy because the Prestige glows red and explodes.

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6. Ancients & Echoes


How does it get any better than Cute ‘N Slash?


Echoes are fallen heroes that lay throughout the Ventures. You may spot an Echo of your friend, a Streamer, or even one of the game devs (Nitin, Kegien). Raised Echoes fight alongside you! But, they are also the key to summoning Ancients.

Once enough Echoes are raised, you can summon an Ancient.  Simply put: giant bodyguards that buff you or smash up some baddies.


Which Ancient is best? Follow these tips...

Dying a lot?

Use Ely’s Shield or Azuza’s invincibility


Need more damage?

Call in Overcast’s Airstrike or use Aly’s damage buff



While we’re here for you,you can also summon Numbskull for AI assistance!





Ancient Skills Summary


7. Heroes, Loadouts & Customization


You can pick from any one of our ten customizable classes with over a thousand upgradeable load-outs!

To start upgrading, you’ll need to Prestige your character via the Hero Selection. But watch out!The cost rises with every Hero, so choose your first few wisely! Not sure which Hero is for you? Take a look at our Character Bios...


Each Hero has a specific item set that can only be attained in Champion Trial and Dungeon Maker Mode.

examples of loadout items

Skin it to win it!

As you level up your account, you’ll gain access to prestigious (see what we did there?) skins. Our favorites are the Shadow Skins, but you may find some memorable heroes as well

prestiged shadow skin?

Character Progression? Yeah, we’ve got that!

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Take enemies’ powers Mega Man style!

Enemies drop enemy tokens. These tokens are used to harness the enemy’s power. To maximize your power, you’ll need to kill loads of enemies. Sick of being stunned by Buckles? Start wiping them out, so you can use their Stun against them.

Enemy abilities can be equipped via the loadout menu. You’ll need to Prestige a Hero to access their loadout.


Eat, Shoot, Loot, Repeat

There are 3 additional slots for items. Items are used for stat boosts to Min-Max your Hero. You’ll get these from Chests. Chests come from Rare Spawns (e.g. Bounty Hunt) or Bosses.

Get Slayin’. Get Lootin’. Git gud.

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Special Meter

Your special meter is used to trigger your secondary attacks (Left Trigger), and powers your Echo army!

Collect Blue Special from fallen enemies to increase the cap on your Special Meter!


8. Play Styles:
Melee, Ranged, Wildcard


Melee Players

Circle strafing is your best friend. While you may have more health, getting swarmed will be the death of you. Kill Toppers to upgrade your 360 attack and massively increase your DPS.


Ranged Players

You are squishy! Keep enemies at a distance, and run if you have to. Kill Stalks to upgrade your projectiles. More bullets = more chances to take out your enemies!


Wildcard Players

Widget may be high DPS, but he can’t move while he charges his bombs. Jett may be quick on his feet, but you’ll be in the middle of a horde of baddies. As we always say, when in doubt, kill Friendzys and upgrade your Stun!


9. Enemies


What's the ceaseless dirge?

It's the team of baddies that are coming for you! And they have an assortment of tricks up their sleeves — stuns, area attacks, status effects and more!


What enemy abilites can you unlock?


10. Dungeon Maker


Have a fiendish design in mind? Take our Dungeon-Maker Mode for a spin! Let’s see what you got. Craft a savage dungeon, and challenge the community to beat it. If they beat the dungeon, they get to keep a rare piece of loot. If they fail, the treasure is yours.

Dungeon Maker Rules

  • Player Venture Dungeons expire after 72 hours.
  • Each player can have ONE Player Venture Dungeon active at a time.
  • If a player completes your Dungeon, they get the reward. If no one is able to complete your Dungeon within the time limit, you get the reward!

11. Community EVents


We’re always looking for ways to spice up Next Up Hero. If you’re looking for events, go to the Featured Ventures Island. There you’ll find Ventures that are guest hosted by Streamers or other Game Industry Friends.

And be on the look out forCommunity Challenges!. If the community reaches the goal, everybody gets rewards to their inbox. “You get the reward! And you get the reward!”



12. Journal Challenges


You can set a Challenge once per day. You will get rewards for completing it. The more difficult the challenge, the better the rewards!



13. Champion Trial


Champion Trial is the challenge mode for the most seasoned players. You’ll be knee-deep in hand-crafted challenges made to really push your skills to the test. Luckily, you’ll only have to survive one floor at a time. Unlucky for you, each try costs a Grand Token, and you’ll die a lot working your way through.



The good news is, there’s some epic end-game loot in the Champion Trial. We’d say more, but why spoil the surprise?


14. Mixer & Twitch Interactive


Streamers!!! Your audience can interact with Next Up Hero


Mixer Folks

On the Main Menu, enable Mixer Interactive by pressing E on the keyboard or Y on an Xbox One Controller.



Twitch Folks

  1. Browse to the Root Directory of Next Up Hero
  2. Open default.ini
  3. Add the following text: twitch=YourTwitchID
  4. Save the file, and launch Next Up Hero


Chat Commands:


  • !heal
  • !echo
  • !ancient
  • !specialrefill


  • !stun
  • !shadow
  • !slow
  • !freeze

Level Changes

  • !darkness : Next level will be darkness
  • !mayhem : Next level will be mayhem

15. Discord & SOcial


Q: Sounds easy enough to me?  I'm gonna make an un-passable punishing dungeon like these heroes have never seen before!!!  (Insert maniacal laughter)

A: Don't get ahead of yourself, Hero.  You'll need to get your ranking up and load outs ready.  To do that, you'll need to join forces with other heroes first:


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